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Two crewmen were rescued safely after their troller ran aground in heavy seas in Sitka Sound early this morning (Mon 4-21-14). The 52-foot steel-hulled troller Mirage radioed a distress call at about 3:30 AM. The boat had gone aground on the southern shore of Low Island, in surf and strong southerly winds. more
Every year Sitka has its share of maritime emergencies and remote rescue operations. Last December, for example, two hunters were seriously injured in Salisbury Sound when their boat slammed into a cliff in the narrows. And while that and other events often make headlines, you don’t often hear about the state-of-the-art Emergency Response Vessel Sitka has available to render aid. That’s because, in many cases, the $200,000 boat has remained tied up at the dock.
Cdr. Pete Melnick, Air Station Sitka, and Sitka Mountain Rescue captain Don Kluting discuss some simple ideas for outdoor safety, whether you’re planning a major hike or an afternoon walk. more
Two Sitka hunters sustained serious injuries Tuesday evening (12-17-13), after their boat struck a cliff in Kakul Narrows, about 25 miles north of town. 34-year old Nick Galanin is being treated for spinal fractures at SEARHC’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. 37-year old Mitch McGraw was medevacked to Seattle. more
Search officials confirmed that the body of 19-year-old Scott Falzerano, Jr., was located this morning at about 9:25 AM, near the Indian River Trail. Falzerano’s family reported him missing on Tuesday, and teams had searched the Indian River Valley for the past three days. more
Search and rescue officials have no new leads in the disappearance of 19-year-old Scott Falzerano, Jr., who was reported missing on Tuesday morning. He was last seen by friends on Monday afternoon near the cemetery on Sawmill Creek Road.